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Rodenbach Brewery

Rodenbach Brewery
Rodenbach Caractère Rouge Ale

Category: Belgian Style Specialty Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: Belgium
Alcohol: 7.0%
97 Points
Platinum Medal
Exceptional

Rodenbach Brewery
Rodenbach Caractère Rouge Ale

Category: Belgian Style Specialty Ale

Date Tasted:
Country: Belgium
Alcohol: 7.0%
Minutely hazy sunburst color. Aromas of black cherry, wine barrel, candied orange peel, leather, candied nuts, sweet and sour sauce, and candied red apple with a round, tart, finely carbonated, sweet-and-sour light-to-medium body and a warming, refreshing, medium-length rose hips, pickled watermelon rind and strawberry, sea salt, and pickling spices finish. A lightly salty Belgian Style Ale with a welcome, vibrant sour character and electrifying aromas.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Crisp & Light, Sour & Tart & Sweet & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: black cherry, wine barrel, candied orange peel, leather, candied nuts, sweet and sour sauce, and candied red apple
Taste Flavor: rose hips, pickled watermelon rind and strawberry, sea salt, and pickling spices
Bitterness Bitterness: Medium/High
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Baked Ham, Roast Turkey, Pork Chops
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A lightly salty Belgian Style Ale with a welcome, vibrant sour character and electrifying aromas.

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Belgian Style Specialty Ale

This is not a classic style but represents various beers of similar Belgian theme. This category is, practically speaking, a catchall for beers that don’t fit neatly in an existing category. Specialty beers may be flavored with, or affected by, unusual ingredients (ginger, chipotle peppers) or fermentation agents (Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus), or brewed with unusual fermentables (buckwheat, sweet potatoes, maple syrup). Given the variation possible in this category, there are no established standards for appearance, aroma or flavor. Instead, beers in this category are defined by a pleasing combination of the beer’s elements and overall drinkability.

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Belgian Style Specialty Ale